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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gucci Fall 2009 Handbag Collection: A Few Good Bags & Some Copycat Designs?


Head over to Saks.com and check out the Gucci Fall 2009 handbag collection. It's a relatively predictable selection from the Italian fashion label, but there are a few notable exceptions. First up is the Galaxy Hobo ($1500) shown here in a hot shade of metallic blue and sporting a seriously chic, if somewhat uncomfortable, chain-link shoulder strap. Oh, heck, who cares about the strap when the overall look is fabulous. Another winner is the Sukey Guccissima Leather Tote ($1495). Gucci fans will love the dark chocolate logo-embossed leather exterior, pleating detail and relaxed, slouchy shape. Even with the logos, this bag has enough style to appeal to non-Gucci collectors.

Another design that's sure to be a hit (in fact, it already is) comes in the form of the New Jackie Shoulder Bag. I'm not a fan of the bag, but I can understand why others are ga-ga over it. The black deerskin leather version ($2100), in particular, is not overtly "Gucci". It's roomy, has a great shape and an intriguing front tab lock. The true winner of the entire bunch is the Lucy Clutch ($830). The dark grey pebbled leather version is simply divine. It measures 13 x 6 x 1.5 and features a fold-over, zippered top with decorative tassel pull and bamboo turn-lock closure.

Some designs are eerily similar to other designer bags. The Gucci Icon Shoulder Bag ($1950) is an expensive dead ringer for Loeffler Randall's Norah Satchel. Since the shape and detailing are almost exact, the more affordable LR version would be the obvious pick here. Another copycat design is the the Pelham Tote ($1450). This design is similar in style and shape to the popular Bulgari Dalia, but is actually less expensive than the Bulgari bag. If the overall style of the Bulgari Dalia appeals to you, then the Gucci Pelham Tote is a more affordable option indeed. However, subtle differences between the two (leather texture, stitching, decorative accents) put the 'Dalia' way ahead of the 'Pelham' in my book, hefty price tag and all.

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1 Response to "Gucci Fall 2009 Handbag Collection: A Few Good Bags & Some Copycat Designs?"
  1. Anonymous said...
    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    I agree, the chosen winner the "Lucy Clutch" is practical despise its size. It can go a long way from dresses to pants, flats and strappy heels. I love it!

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